3rd Grade

Mariah McKinnon

3rd Grade Teacher

E: mariah.mckinnon@dmschools.org


I attended Drake University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a reading endorsement. This is my first year of teaching and I am so happy I get to spend it at Hillis! I grew up in Oxford, IA which is a very small town outside of Iowa City.

Colleges Attended: Drake University

Highest Degree Earned:Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education

Endorsements:Reading Endorsement

Years of Experience: 1

Years at Hillis: First year!

Original Hometown: Oxford, Iowa

High School Attended: Clear Creek Amana

Abby Ortiz

3rd Grade

E: abigail.ortiz@dmschools.org


Hello! My name is Abby Ortiz and I teach 3rd grade here at Hillis. In my free time I enjoying spending time with my husband Tonio and our two boys, Benny (2.5 yrs) and Rico (3 months). We have 2 cats, Ginny and Betsy and hope to get a tortoise soon. In the summer, we spend a lot of time outside in the garden, going for walks, playing at the park and geocaching. In the winter, we like to watch basketball or curl up with a good book and drink coffee.

Colleges Attended:
Iowa State University...go Cyclones!
Currently at Drake University

Highest Degree Earned:
BA from ISU
Working on my Masters at Drake

PK-3 Regular Education/Special Education
PK-K Early Childhood Special Education

Years of Experience:
This is my 6th year teaching 3rd grade at Hillis. Before that I subbed for a year in the district.

Years at Hillis:
6 years

Original Hometown:
West Des Moines, Iowa

High School Attended:
Valley High School